Issued on 12/2/18 at 12:01 a.m.
Leicestershire Police will be introducing a number of knife surrender bins in police stations across Leicester and Leicestershire from 12 February as part of Operation Sceptre, the national week of action against knife crime.
The bins will be located in the front enquiry offices at the following police stations: Wigston, Spinney Hills and Mansfield House, as well as the Falcon Centre, Pinfold Gate in Loughborough. They can be used to dispose of any knife which may fall into the hands of criminals, or which are subject of legislation such as flick knives or so called “Zombie” knives.
The idea for the knife bins was introduced by Leicestershire Police following a number of requests from members of the public.
PC Lee Robinson from Wigston Police Station, who worked in partnership with the local council to arrange the knife surrender bins, said: “Knife surrender bins are a key part of the force’s Anti Knife Crime strategy to take knives off the street and keep all communities safe.
“If anyone has a knife that they think could be used in crime or one which they no longer want, they can drop it in anonymously at any of the locations above where our knife surrender bins are situated.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Willy Bach is a strong supporter of the work to tackle knife crime. He said: “I’m clear that the police cannot tackle knife crime in isolation. For success we need the support of our partners and the public to drive a 180 degree change in attitude to knives. Carrying a knife is not big, clever or brave – it’s life-threatening and cowardly.
“I hope that this week of action drives home the message that knives are unacceptable, anywhere, anytime and in any circumstance. I urge anyone with a knife to take the opportunity this week to dispose of it safely and anonymously using one of the special surrender bins.”
Operation Sceptre is a national week of activity from 12 February which will be carried out by Leicestershire Police, with the aim of preventing and reducing knife crime and associated offences. Op Sceptre aims to target those who carry and use knives, as well as the supply, access and importation of weapons.
Amnesty bins can be found at the following stations across the city:
- Wigston Police Station – Bull Head Street, LE18 1WX – 9am-6.30pm
- Spinney Hill Police Station – East Park Road, LE5 5GY – 10am-6pm
- Mansfield House Police Station – 74 Belgrave Gate, LE1 3GG – 8am-10pm